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Emma Watson, 24
Actor-UN Women Goodwill Ambassador
Watson has come a long way since Hogwarts. She’s finding her niche as an actor, appearing in films like "The Bling Ring" and "Noah." Last summer, Watson was named UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Her speech before the UN on behalf of the HeForShe campaign went viral and established the 24 year old as an important advocate for gender equality. Somehow, she also found time to graduate from Brown University in May.
- 15 Ways Emma Watson Will Prove She’s The Queen Of 2015
Emma Watson‘s post-”Potter” pedigree has been taking her farther and farther away from the world of witchcraft and wizardry, but her days of being magical are far from over.
In fact, it looks like the new year is going to be as spellbinding as ever for our crushiest of girl crushes, so pop open some bubbly and cheers to all the Emma Watson-ness to come in 2015.
This year, Emma basically became Rosie the Riveter for the digital age when she delivered one epic speech on feminism with the UN and then issued a massive call to social media action through her #HeForShe campaign. Celebs and muggles alike have been joining the cause from all corners of the globe, and we don’t expect all that girl power momentum to slow down one bit.
14. By Being A Globetrotting Do-Gooder
In fact, Em’s now officially official as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, so in addition to all her trailblazing social media pizzazz, she’ll also be trekking around the world in support of the cause this year. She’s already hit Argentina and Uruguay , among others, to spread the good word.
13. Repping All The Single Ladies
We’re also anticipating seeing the posh Brit version of some fun girl palling action from Emma Watson this year now that she’s flying solo for a while. She and boyfriend Matthew Janney reportedly called it quits, and it doesn’t look like that whole Harry Styles thing is an actual thing, so we’re looking forward to some single lady fun times from the newly-single Miss Watson.
12. She’ll Go Topless In “Regression”
Much is being made of Watson’s upcoming turn in Alejandro Amenábar’s “Regression” – not just because it’s her first thriller pic, but also because she’ll be showing a little more skin than we’ve previously been accustomed to seeing from her. But don’t get too Stupefy Spell-ed by this news just yet – according to some viewers who’ve previewed the scene, it is nothing to get excited about. But still. It’s a bold move to bare anything on the big screen, especially when half the audience still thinks of you as little brainy Hermione with her hand stuck straight in the air.
The good news for her is that the title of this picture probably bears no indication of its effect on her career, if you catch our drift. Since she’s pulling away from her “Harry Potter” persona in such a measured way, this’ll probably only further that separation.
11. Teaching Yoga? Or Something?
Did you know that Emma Watson is a certified yoga instructor now? Well, she is. And while she did it for her own meditation edification — “I was like, ‘I need to find a way to always feel safe and at home within myself.’ Because I can never rely on a physical place,” she explained — she still could very well choose to share her newfound yogi wisdom (or some of that Ivy League education, perhaps)?
10. “Beauty” (and the Beast?)
Guillermo Del Toro might not be attached to this re-adaptation anymore, but since fairy tales are still all the rage, do not count this project out just yet. Especially since our EW is the perfect Belle for the ball. We’re looking for this project to get off the pause button or stall out once and for all (sad face) sometime this year.
9. Golden Globes Giggles
Given the long-standing Globes tension between Taylor Swift and Golden Globes co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler* the joke practically writes itself with Emma Watson – a.k.a. Top Celebrity Feminist of 2014 – joining in on the fun this year. ‘Cause Taylor Swift is all for Emma Watson’s message, and chances are, the duo of hostesses are too, which means … truce? Maybe? Em is a peacemaker these days, after all.
If not, at least we still get Emma Watson as presenter. And maybe she’ll have another dead family pet to memorialize on-stage.
*To refreshify, the pair of funny ladies took a jab at the songstress on-stage by teasing her to “stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son,” but Swifty didn’t quite get the joke and later panned, “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” Then Poehler fired back by saying she is a feminist, and then Fey stoked the kindling again by reminding Poehler of that special place in hell waiting for her. So, Emma Watson had nothing to do with it … yet.
8. A Trip To “La La Land”
Another new cinematic adventure is on the rise for our girl by way of Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” The musical pic would feature Watson opposite Miles Teller as an aspiring actress trying to make love last in the City of Angels. Talk about your hot screen couple. Also, it’ll give Emma Watson a chance to showcase her singing skills (eep!).
Note: It totally wouldn’t be the first time Emma’s presented her pipes to the public — she also lent her vocals to backup Ben Hammsersley and Ólafur Arnalds in a song called “Pantomime.” And supposedly she and her “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” co-star Logan Lerman had a little behind-the-scenes band called Octopus Jam going, which … we want more of that too please, while we’re at it.
Looks like Emma Watson’s got some talent to tinker with off-screen as well. Turns out, she’s something of a designer as well.
The thesp created this Paddington Bear butterfly design in support of charity, and we gotta say, we’d wait in line to snag an EmWatson Original fasho. Just take our money already.
6. “Colonia Dignidad”
This fall, Emma Watson’s drama streak will take a super political turn as she appears in Florian Gallenberger’s “Colonia Dignidad,” about a young German couple arrested during the Chilean coup of 1973. If that sounds intense, it’s because it is. Dubbed her “most adult role yet” this true story-based pic will probably catapult Watson down her steady trajectory of seriously serious actor-ness. Do we smell some awards season contention brewing?
5. J’adore Dior?
Which reminds us. Red carpets. ‘Cause if there’s anyone who always, always stuns it’s our girl Emma. And since she’s nuzzling in with Dior these days, we look for some major fashion porn this year. Dresses, suits, pants, jackets, shoes — all of it. She’s gonna bring it, ya’ll. So, a big yay for that.
4. Being Crowned “The Queen Of The Tearling”
In addition to gracing the screen for it, Emma Watson’s seems eager to get behind the lens a bit with the adaptation of “Queen of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen. The project, which is based upon a fantasy trilogy which began being released in the summer of 2014, will re-team Watson with “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman and her old stomping grounds studio, Warner Bros.
While it would potentially mean more franchise fare for her, it’d also be a turn for her to produce a pic — not to mention, have her pick of projects. She said of the story, “I didn’t sleep for a week because I couldn’t put the bloody thing down. It would be fair to say I became obsessed with the book.” Sound familiar, anyone?
3. Becoming A Quarter Centurion
Twenty-five is a rather bigtime milestone, and if we know anything about Emma Watson, it’s that she’ll do it up somehow. Hopefully someone’ll latergram it for us commoners who aren’t quite cool enough for an invite to the pah-ty.
2. Being An Instagrammer Extraordinaire
Since her Twitter is pretty much wholly devoted to her charity stuffs these days, and her Facebook is, er, obviously run by some PR hired guns, her Instagram feed is totally ripe for some genuine goodies. As of right now, it’s all about her UN-related affairs — which we’re not knockin’, of course — but we’d heart the stuffing out of some candid selfies or impromptu travel pics right about now.
Since we can’t be like you, we wanna see like you, girrrrl. Show us the goods!
1. General Ownership Of You And Me And Everyone Else
If there’s one thing we’ve learned over our decade-plus stint as Emma Watson enthusiasts, it’s that the girl never ceases to amaze. Just when it looked like she might get stuck in the YA adaptation universe forever, she went and shred that squeaky clean image with racy turns in “The Bling Ring” and “This is the End.” And since she’s already flexed a little box office muscle by way of “Noah” too, the sky’s the limit for her right now. So, she might (and probably will) confound us again with her choices this year, but what will not surprise us is her general ownage of everything and everyone. Because that’ll happen too. It already has.
- So... What Exactly Has Emma Watson Been Doing Since Harry Potter?
Millions around the world breathed a sigh of relief when Emma Watson was cast as Hermione Granger; what a tragedy would it have been if our beloved bookworm had been egregiously miscast?
Since Emma charmed her way into our hearts in that very first Harry Potter movie, this talented young woman has gone from strength to strength. Check out some of the awesome things Emma Watson has done since Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone...
From Know-it-All to Freedom Fighter
Hermione develops as a character over time, her self-awareness and concerns maturing to a more adult viewpoint, and Emma Watson captures this journey perfectly. From Win-GAR-dium Levi-OH-sa to helping take down the most powerful dark wizard of all time, Hermione grows up FIERCE.
Bonus Trivia: Emma Watson's favorite Harry Potter book is the third, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Developing a more grown-up movie repertoire
Many actresses would have been overwhelmed by the sudden rush of fame brought on by a franchise as globe-straddling as Harry Potter - not Emma Watson. The cool-headed thespian chose wisely, picking up smart projects for the Young Adult audience with acclaimed novel adaptation The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) and Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring (2013).
Bonus Fact: Watson was delighted to work with Sofia Coppola for Bling Ring, citing her as a favorite director alongside Guillermo del Toro, David Fincher, and Ang Lee.
Being a young, internationally famous actress is like a get-out-of-jail-free card for studying, right? Not for Emma Watson, who was determined to give herself a world-class education to match her global screen career. Emma studied at America's Brown University as well as the hallowed halls of Oxford, finally graduating with her English Literature degree in May 2014 (probably with an 'Outstanding' level!)
Bonus Fact: Emma waited until the Harry Potter movies were complete before beginning her first semester at Brown University, July 21, 2009.
A style icon is born
Just because Emma's channelled Hermione's book-learnin' skills doesn't mean she can't be a stylish muse for contemporary fashion houses. Modeling for Burberry and Lancôme, and even contributing to the creation of ethical clothing line People Tree, Watson has certainly made her mark on fashion!
Bonus Fact: in a further fashion link, Emma Watson is one-time roommate of America's Next Top Model Cycle 18 winner, Sophie Sumner.
Advocating Human Rights across the globe
Despite all the glitz and glamour, Emma is a caring soul, staying true to the firm beliefs and bravery that made Hermione the heroine we could all admire. At only 24, Watson was made a UN Ambassador to promote women's welfare across the planet, proving her deep commitment to the advancement of human rights.
Bonus Fact: Both of Emma Watson's parents are lawyers, so they must be very proud of their daughter working to change the world.
What's Next, Watson?
She may be making waves for UN politics, but don't worry - Emma Watson is continuing her screen work (phew!). Following work with acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky in 2014's Noah, Watson will appear in upcoming projects Regression, Colonia Dignidad and La La Land in 2015.
Bonus Fact: Emma Watson's got a good head on her shoulders, stand-out quote being this marvelous affirmation:
Don't feel stupid if you don't like what everyone else pretends to love.